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Board governance and acquirers’ returns: A study of Australian acquisitions


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  • Winson Chan
  • David Emanuel


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    This paper examines the relation between acquirer (abnormal) returns and governance characteristics of the board of directors of the acquiring firm. The central question is: Are higher (acquirer) abnormal returns associated with ‘better’ board governance, having controlled for other factors that can affect returns? As acquisitions represent a significant change in the acquirer’s corporate structure and operations, the determinants of a successful acquisition are of considerable importance. We examine the relation between returns and governance variables using a sample of 80 Australian acquisitions that occurred between 1999 and 2005. We use both short-run and long-run (abnormal) returns to capture the wealth effects of the acquisitions. We find very limited evidence of a connection between our governance variables and acquirer returns.JEL Classification:G14, G34.

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    Article provided by Australian School of Business in its journal Australian Journal of Management.

    Volume (Year): 36 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (August)
    Pages: 174-199

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:ausman:v:36:y:2011:i:2:p:174-199

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    Keywords: acquirer returns; acquisitions; board governance;

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    1. Pascal Nguyen & Nahid Rahman, 2014. "Which Governance Characteristics Affect the Incidence of Divestitures in Australia?," Working Paper Series 180, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.


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